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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm -1:15 pm

Welcome & Introductions

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Economic Analysis: Headwinds Facing Recycling

The Chinese Sword, freight pricing and driver shortages are all impacting the economics of recycling. National leaders in collection and recovery systems will discuss the challenges facing recycling and what this means for attempts to increase packaging recovery at the curbside.

Speakers: Brent Bell, VP Recycling at Waste Management; Ben Harvey, President & Owner E.L. Harvey & Sons; Billy Johnson, Director of Political Affairs, Institute of Scrap Recyclers (ISRI)
Moderator: Chaz Miller, Independent Consultant for Waste Policy

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

EUROPEN Perspective: Continental Approaches in Packaging Policies and Programs

AMERIPEN’s peer association in Europe, EUROPEN will walk us through the policy shifts and programs coming out of Europe. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of the plans to advance the Circular Economy, reduce marine debris and the impact the China Sword is having on packaging recovery in Europe.

Speaker: Virginia Janssens, Executive Director EUROPEN

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Policy Deep Dive: Increasing Access to Recycling

It’s been two years since the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s study: the Availability of Recycling, noted only 50% of the American public had easy access to recycling. Join representatives from The Recycling Partnership and AMERIPEN to discuss what’s happening at the national and State level to increase access and where do we need to go next

Speakers: Dylan de Thomas; Andy Hackman, Senior Lobbyist, AMERIPEN
Moderator: Adam Gendell, Associate Director, The Sustainable Packaging Coalition

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

All Attendee Networking Event at Hotel

Thursday, May 31, 2018

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am


8:45 am – 9:45 am

State Perspectives Panel

Join State Leaders to discuss their individual approaches to managing packaging issues within their state. Learn what policies are used, what challenges they face and what do they want the packaging industry to know.

Speakers: Commissioner Rob Klee, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut; Kaley Laleker, Department of the Environment, Maryland; Alli Kingfisher, Statewide Recycling Coordinator, Washington State, Department of Ecology
Moderator: Mike Prentiss, Senior Manager, State Government Relations and Global Governmental Communications, Procter & Gamble

9:45 am- 10:30 am

Applying Sustainable Materials Management to Achieve State Recovery Goals 

State based recovery goals are often based on tonnage metrics but is this effective? As the recycling stream faces increased light-weighting, and the prevalence of food waste increases in the waste stream are there other metrics and strategies we need to consider to reach these goals? Dr. Tim Townsend will walk us through an assessment of four States looking at the trends and opportunities to apply sustainable materials management in developing a strategic and data driven approach to waste management.

Speaker: Dr. Tim Townsend, University of Florida

10:30am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Local Recycling Perspectives

Join leading cities to discuss how they work with industry and the State to address packaging in their communities. What is the role of local and state policy, engagement with industry and other key drivers towards increasing packaging recovery and other related programs in their communities?

Speakers: Ginger Spencer, Director Public Works, City of Phoenix; Annie White, Office of Waste Diversion Manager, Washington DC; Stephen Haney, City of San Antonio Department of Solid Waste
Moderator: Scott Byrne, Environmental Specialist, TetraPak

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm

What Will It Take to Advance Brand/Retail Goals for Sustainable Packaging

2018 has seen a flurry of announcements by major brands and retailers towards the adoption of 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Learn from these leading companies on why they set these goals, how they plan to achieve them and what support they will need from the supply chain, industry associations and community/state recycling programs to realize these goals.

Speakers: Jennifer McCracken, Sustainability Director at HAVI Global Solutions; Andrew Aulisi, Sr. Director, Global Environmental Policy, PepsiCo; Jason Wadsworth, Manager of Sustainability, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Moderator: Laura Rowell, Manager Global Sustainability, Sonoco

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Brand Perspectives: Applying Sustainable Materials Management to Packaging Systems

Learn from leading brands regarding how they use the sustainable materials management framework in their packaging and product design processes.

Speakers: Brent Heist, Section Head: Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble; Sandra Lewis, Envsion Plastics; Paul Earl-Torniainen, Associate Principal Scientist, General Mills
Moderator: Gail Tavill, Vice President R&D Readiness, Productivity, Sustainability, Nutrition & Process Engineering, Conagra Brands

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Next Steps Towards Advancing the Value of Packaging in Reducing Food Waste

In 2018 AMERIPEN released a study quantifying the value of packaging as strategy to reduce food waste. The report noted a need for more data to better understand the opportunities to optimize packaging to ensure success in the fight against food waste. Panelists will discuss emerging research and next steps to advance the role of packaging as a valued strategy.

Speakers: Meghan Stasz, Sr. Director Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Waste Reduction Alliance; Kay Cooksey, Cryovac Chair and Professor at Clemson University
Moderator: Ron Cotterman, Vice President, Sustainability, Sealed Air Corporation

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm

Review of the Day—Conference Concluded

5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Member Appreciation Reception

  • Dinner and drinks followed by a nighttime monument bus tour – Champagne included!

Friday, June 1, 2018: Members Only Meeting

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Member Meeting
  • Finances

  • Election of New Officers

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Committee Meetings
  • Membership/Communications

  • Value of Packaging in Reducing Food Waste


10:00 am – 10:15 am

Abbreviated Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Committee Meetings
  • Government Affairs

  • E-commerce

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Wrap Up/Closing
  • Short discussion on AMERIPEN and next steps for 2019

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Board Meeting & Lunch

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